About 15% of pregnant women experience one or more complications.
- Preeclampsia is a common and dangerous pregnancy complication. It affects 6-8% of pregnancies worldwide. It results in 60,000 maternal deaths and 15% of all preterm babies. Preeclampsia can be diagnosed by occurrence of high blood pressure and presence of protein in urine. There is no cure except delivery and progression cannot be controlled. However, early diagnosis can result in prompt and appropriate management which may improve outcomes for mother and baby.
- Gestational diabetes can occur in pregnancies. It affects 2-10% of pregnancies. It accounts for 8.5% of hospital costs for pregnancy care in the US. Timely urine testing can also help screen for diabetes.
- Infections are more common among pregnant women and can result in serious complications. Over 60% of pregnant women reported at least 1 infection during pregnancy, with 17% reporting urinary tract infection. Many infections can be detected by urine testing before symptoms are manifest.